A great basketball coach can teach a lot of things – but no coach can teach experience.
The 2007 John Carroll women’s basketball roster has only two seniors, Molly Scholla and Abby Baum.
Coach Kristie Maravalli will look to the two seniors to anchor a team that has eight underclassmen on the roster.
John Carroll finished off the 2006-07 season with a record of 10-16 overall.
In the offseason, the young Blue Streak squad was picked to finished 9th in the ten-team Ohio Athletic Conference.
While the pre-season prediction is nothing to brag about, it puts JCU in a position to prove a lot of people wrong.
“We will be in the position to surprise a lot of people,” said coach Maravalli.
To kickoff the 2007 campaign, the Blue Streaks headed to western Pennsylvania to participate in the Penn State-Behrend Tournament.
JCU rebounded from an opening game loss to beat the host, Penn State-Behrend Nittany Lions 77-64 in the consolation game.
JCU fell behind 11-0 after just two minutes against PSU-Behrend, but would not go away easily.
JCU used an 11 point run of their own in the second half to propel them into the lead for good.
Sophomore Whitney Hamilton led the Blue Streaks with 16 points and averaged 13.5 points per game in the tournament.
Her effort was good enough for an all-tournament team nomination.
JCU remained on the road as they traveled to Oberlin where the Blue Streaks rode the coat-tails of a 25-9 first half run to earn a 87-53 victory.
The 34-point margin of victory was the Blue Streaks most decisive victory in six seasons.
Four Blue Streaks scored in double figures in the victory. Sophomore Laura Gruber scored a game-high 15 points, while fellow sophomore Caitlin Sureck chipped in a double-double, tallying 14 points and 10 rebounds.
The friendly confines of the Tony DeCarlo Center would not be kind to JCU as they dropped their home opener to a hot shooting Washington & Jefferson squad.
Washington & Jefferson shot over 52 percent in the contest while JCU managed a dismal
33 percent as the Presidents ran away with a 79-64 win.
Saturday afternoon, the Blue Streaks traveled to Otterbein for their first OAC contest.
Despite winning the rebound battle 57-33, JCU only shot 35 percent from the floor.
Without being able to score the necessary points, JCU fell to Otterbein 87-79. Junior Rachel Price made five of her eight attempted three-pointers and led the Blue Streaks scorers with 20 points.
The Blue Streaks faced Muskingum yesterday before going on the road Saturday afternoon to battle Capital University.